Now Beacon Hill may mess with time

Peter Shattuck, Massachusetts director of the Acadia Center, an environmental advocacy group, said the federal government experimented with shifting time patterns in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The law extended daylight savings time by four weeks – three extra weeks in the spring and one week in the fall. He said a report on the experiment indicated the nation as a whole shaved electricity consumption by .5 percent and by .7 percent in New England. “That’s a pretty big impact,” said Shattuck, noting that energy savings resulted primarily because people use more energy at night than they do in
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Cap and trade today for a better tomorrow

According to Acadia Center, from 2008 to 2015 Co2 emissions dropped 30 percent in RGGI states compared to 14 percent in the rest of the country, excluding California, which has its own cap and trade program. During the same period, economic growth totaled 24.9 percent in RGGI states, compared to 21.3 percent in other states. According to a 2015 study, Co2 emissions would be 24 percent higher in RGGI states without the program. In addition, the auction proceeds have generated over $2.58 billion used to support investments in energy efficiency, renewables, greenhouse gas abatement and direct bill assistance. These reinvestments
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CT works on a new energy strategy as old one misses the mark

Acadia Center, a Northeast-based environmental advocacy group that was among critics of the natural gas emphasis in the 2013 CES, discovered a math error in DEEP’s calculation of greenhouse gas emissions in 2013. Instead of being at, or even just below, the 2020 emissions cap dictated by the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act – which is where emissions were in 2012 – they were heading back up. DEEP has since revised its calculation. Acadia’s calculation, based on publicly available data, showed more. “We found an increase of 7.5 percent from 2012 to 2015,” said Bill Dornbos, who heads Acadia’s Connecticut
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Connecticut regulators cut UI rate hike request

Bill Dornbos, the Connecticut director of the Acadia Center, said the reduction of the fixed-rate service charge is a crucial step to protect consumers and encouraging renewable energy. The Acadia Center is a Boston-based environmental group, “The new rate design will also help promote energy efficiency and … more closely aligning the state’s electric rate structure with its energy policy,” Dornbos said in a statement. Read the full article from the New Haven Register here.

RGGI Carbon Auction Prices Drop 22%

“We now have eight years of experience demonstrating that the electric sector can achieve ambitious emissions reductions at low costs; it’s time for that experience to be reflected in ambitious reforms,” Peter Shattuck, director of the Acadia Center’s Clean Energy Initiative, said in a statement. “The states must use the Program Review to establish more stringent cap levels through 2030 and to implement program design elements that account for the continuing decline in emissions.” Read the full article from RTO Insider here.

With Gas Pipeline Projects Blocked, State Searching for an Energy Plan

William Dornbos, director of the Connecticut branch of a pro-renewable energy group called the Acadia Center, said: “I think this is a chance to pause and reassess the state’s energy plans.” […] “We don’t think that’s the case,” said Dornbos. He said independent research indicates that energy conservation together with increasing renewable sources like solar and wind power can supply the region’s energy needs without massive investments to bring in more natural gas. Read the full article from the Hartford Courant here.

Can new tariff models help Massachusetts solve the rooftop solar compensation puzzle?

The DOER’s proposed tariff would replace the NEM retail rate remuneration and the SREC value that currently go to solar owners for the generation their arrays send to the grid, said Acadia Center Massachusetts Office Director Peter Shattuck, who’s followed the proposal. […] “The most important thing is continuing solar development,” agreed Acadia’s Shattuck. “That can best be accomplished by a value-based payment structure that accurately credits solar generation.” The value of solar’s benefits, including energy, capacity, and price and emissions reduction, can be worth more to the system than the retail price of electricity, Shattuck added. “We haven’t seen
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Trump Could Have Leverage Over UTC In Carrier Negotiations

Bill Dornbos, director of the Connecticut office of Acadia Center, a clean energy advocacy group, said changing the regulations could be difficult because the rule-writing process is drawn out and complicated. For example, minimum energy conservation standards apply to more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, cutting energy efficiency standards for air conditioning equipment would not likely help Carrier and other U.S. manufacturers because of investments in meeting higher standards, he said. “Any rollback would more likely end up benefiting foreign manufacturers who could flood the market with lower-quality, less-efficient
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Can RGGI flourish under a Trump administration?

Emissions in the nine RGGI states have fallen by 37 percent since 2008, according to a report from the Acadia Center, an environmental group. At the same time, electricity prices have dropped by 3.4 percent across the region, the report says. […] “Leadership now is vital on the state level,” said Peter Shattuck, executive director of the Acadia Center. “If we’re not going to see as much as folks would like at the federal level, there is a renewed rationale for the states being the laboratory of innovation.” Read the full article from Energy & Environment News here. This article may
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